A Checklist and Sample Pages are provided at the end of this guide. To expedite the submission process, make sure your work conforms to these guidelines before you submit your document electronically.
The Graduate School Electronic Thesis and Dissertation website is: http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/etd/. Read all instructions carefully before beginning the submission steps. You will be contacted once your thesis/dissertation has been reviewed by the Graduate School, and you are expected to submit required revisions in a timely manner.
Fully approved documents are due by the deadline posted on the University Registrar's Calendars. You are encouraged to submit your document as early as possible to provide ample time for necessary revisions. The time between initial submission and final approval by the Graduate School may also vary due to factors such as proximity to deadlines, projected graduation date, etc. Please continue to monitor your email account for notifications until the document is approved.
- Create an account on the UMI submission site (http://dissertations.umi.com/unc/).
- Convert your document to a PDF file.
- You can use the UMI submission site converter up to five times.
- This converter can convert Word or RTF files up to 100 MB.
- If converted properly, the conversion to PDF format should not affect the quality of the original document.
- See the UMI submission site PDF FAQs for more information.
- Agree to the ProQuest/UMI publishing agreement.
- Upload the PDF file and any supplemental files.
- Acceptable file formats for supplemental files can be found on the UMI requirements page.
- Although the UMI submission site discusses mailing in documents with very large supplementary files on a CD-ROM, UNC-CH will not accept submissions in this manner.
- Choose whether or not you would like UMI to file a copyright on your behalf. Please see Section III for more information about copyrighting your document.
- Choose whether or not you would like to order printed copies of your document. Please note the Graduate School cannot take responsibility for your printing job, although we have researched some options for students. You may order your copies through the UMI site, or there are several campus and library-recommended options available to you.
- A student can usually get better quality by printing out his or her thesis on acid-free paper (sometimes called archival or legal bond) and sending it to a company that does library binding. The Bull's Head Bookshop in the UNC Student Stores will send documents out to a library bindery on behalf of students. The Bull's Head handles payments, provides on-campus customer service, and takes care of the shipping and order tracking. For more information, visit the Bookshop or call 919-962-5060.
- Lulu is a digital marketplace business, and they have a service specifically for theses and dissertations. For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.lulu.com/en/products/dissertations/.
- A self publisher company called Blurb may also assist with publishing theses and dissertations. For more information, please visit their website at: www.blurb.com.
- Pay for all fees with a credit card. Expect your card to be charged after you graduate.
- Submit your document.
- Allow sufficient time for the Graduate School staff to review your document. You will be notified via email if revisions are needed, and you must complete all required revisions in a timely manner (usually within 48 hours).
- Complete the ‘Survey of Earned Doctorates’ (for dissertations only) at: http://survey.norc.uchicago.edu/doctorate.
Note: Steps 1-2 may be done prior to actually submitting your document. For more details about submission, please visit the Graduate School's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation site and the Frequently Asked Questions on the UMI site.